(in) honor bound (to do something)

(in) honor bound (to do something)

Having an obligation (to do something) because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor bound—I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I ignored a crime. I knew it would cost me my job, but I felt in honor bound to tell them that the data breach was my fault.
See also: bound, honor
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honor bound

Obliged by one's personal integrity, as in She was honor bound to admit that it was her work and not her sister's. Also see on one's honor.
See also: bound, honor
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

(in) honour bound

obliged by your sense of honour.
See also: bound, honour
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honor bound

Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.
See also: bound, honor
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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